10 March 2016
Revegetation projects are a valuable supplement to conservation efforts in the struggle to protect our biodiversity. At their best, revegetation works can return missing species to the landscape or bolster existing populations so as to improve their survival odds. Often, however, the plants used in these projects belong to a very limited floristic spectrum, consisting chiefly of eucalypts and wattles. Additionally, the species used are not always well chosen: it is not uncommon to see non-local species included in these plantings. Maximising the potential of future plantings means encouraging the use of locally appropriate species.
A new website, The Flora of Wagga Wagga: A guide for revegetation and restoration is a step in this process. The website, which extends from an earlier small print-run booklet, profiles roughly 80 species of tree, shrub, forb and grass found near Wagga Wagga and surrounding districts.
The website aims to foster an interest in and a familiarity with some of the more distinctive flora found in reserves and (particularly) along our roads around the Wagga region. Each plant profile provides a description of the species along with notes on flowering time and propagation methods. The text is accompanied by images and a map showing representative locations, often along roadsides.
It is hoped that by facilitating identification of interesting species we can foster an appreciation for our local flora and the value of our roadside vegetation.
An early version of the website can be found at http://scci.csu.edu.au/waggaflora/
This website is an extension of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery that was sponsored by Charles Sturt University’s CSU Green initiative. The booklet was supported by Murrumbidgee Landcare Incorporated.